Errthum scores four goals in Mid-Prairie win
The No. 4 state ranked Mid-Prairie boys’ soccer team found itself in trouble after falling down by two goals in the first half on the road, but the Golden Hawks’ Austin Errthum made his presence known by the end of the contest.
The senior captain scored four goals, and picked up an assist as the Golden Hawks scored four unanswered goals in the second half to take the 5-3 win over Keokuk to move to 12-2 on the season.
“Coming in at halftime, we knew we were flat and making mistakes,” Mid-Prairie head coach Pat Cady said. “Austin was upset and the whole team was upset, and we proved to Keokuk that we weren’t done. The first half was not representative of what our team should look like.”
In the first half Keokuk struck first as the Chiefs scored on a header to take a 1-0 lead. Mid-Prairie responded quickly as freshman Ryan Harapat split two Keokuk defenders to find Errthum for his first goal of the night.
Keokuk finished off the second half by putting two goals in the net, taking a 3-1 lead into halftime, but in the second half the teams switched sides and the Golden Hawks got to play with the wind on a windy Monday evening.
“If we would have won the coin flip, we would have taken the wind in the first half,” Cady said. “We didn’t really know a lot about Keokuk, but in most games we would have taken the wind in the second half, so it was one of those deals where the wind was an issue and the narrow field was another problem.”
Four minutes into the second half, Errthum picked up an assist as he found Dayton Hall for a goal.
Errthum picked up the game-tying goal 11 minutes later, and then the Mid-Prairie defense shut down Keokuk. Spencer Shalla took over goalie duties in the second half, making three second half saves as he shut out the Chiefs over the final 40 minutes of the game.
At the 75-minute mark of the game, Errthum found the back of the net again to give the Golden Hawks the lead, this time assisted by Hall, and one minute later, added an insurance goal to give him four on the night, and Mid-Prairie the win.
With one game before substate, Cady says the team still has a bit to figure out and learn before the tournaments start.
“We still have to go out and work on some different sets,” Cady said. “Monday night we were going to rearrange some players and work on a situational piece where we were down a goal and move some of our stronger players up, and see if we could get one or two goals without giving anything up. That’s something we will look at on Thursday if Ryan (Errthum) is healthy. It will give us a final idea of what we have and what we’ll be able to do.”
The Golden Hawks’ final regular season game is set for Thursday against Cedar Valley Christian.